An Alternative History
American Civil War Campaign
After the Battle of Chancellorsville on April 30th 1863, Robert E Lee decided to invade the North for a second time. The invasion would allow the Confederates to live off the land and also threaten Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington.
A year before, the European Nations of Britain, France, Prussia, Austria, Italy and others sent army units to bolster both the Confederate and Union forces.
The Confederates begin the campaign with three Infantry Corps and a large Cavalry Division (72,000 men), supported by Corps from France, Britain, Belgium and Austria.
Meanwhile Prussia, Russia, Italy and Mexico have sent corps to shore up the badly mauled Union Army of the Potomac (90,000 men).
The Campaign is based on the Confederate Invasion of Pennsylvania leading to the ultimate Battle of Gettysburg.
The campaign starts on May 1st 1863 and is planned to last sixty days with a climactic battle on July 1st 1863 at Gettysburg.
The Battle Of Gettysburg will be covered in the second part of the campaign.
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| Battle of Culpepper|
The first Battle was played at the clubhouse on Friday 27th February, 2015.
The second 60 days Gettysburg campaign was played on the 27th March. The battle was fought near Salem Church.
The battle was well matched in casualties but as in the first game the scenario objectives swung the result.
The Union (Blue Force) consisting of the the XII Union Corps and the 2nd Prussian corps obtained 21 victory points and the CSA (Red Force) consisting of the Belgian Corps and the III CSA Corps obtained 11 victory points. The difference of 10 points due to points for the one uncontested objective.
A close run thing!
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| The Blue Ridge Mountains|
The third battle in the campaign 60 days to Gettysburg was fought on 1st May.
The Blue team consisted of a an Italian Corps supported by the Union VI Corps and they were defending a pass through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The Red team attacked with the CSA III Corps supported by the I French Corps.
The Confederates attacked with gusto against the large but green Italian corps and through the "Fog of War" managed to charge past the Union Right flank through what was thought to be impassable terrain.
The Italian losses were very high losing two batteries and seven brigades breaking and quitting the field. The union force lost another brigade and an exceptional officer was killed.
The Confederate lost one brigade and the supporting French Corps likewise.
The objectives were shared with the Union holding the Hospice and the Confederates taking the northern pass road. When all the casualty returns were received the result was an overwhelming win for the Confederates with 57 Victory points to the Unions 16 Victory points.
The running total of Victory Points after 3 battles is:
| The Battle of Winchester, 17th of May 1863|
The 4th Campaign Battle was played on the 5th of June 2015.
The Union fielded the Union XI corps supported by the 6th Russian Corps.
The Confederates fielded the 1st French Corps supported by the CSA 1st Corps.
| || The Battle of Martinsburg |
After 5 hours fighting the result was a close battle ending with a slight victory for the confederates 16 to 13.
It was a bloody day for the brigade commanders with three confederate leaders being killed and two Union commanders. The snipers were very active.
To break down the result
Lost one artillery battery and had a worn and spent brigade
Lost six artillery batteries, two leaders; Bartlett and Russell, and had two worn and one spent Brigades
Belgian Observation Corps
One spent Brigade
CSA I Corps
lost three leaders, Robertson, Barksdale and Kershaw, 3 spent brigades and one worn brigade
No scenario points were awarded as the major objectives were all contested.